Gullit: Koeman trying to sting Barkley into action

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Former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit believes the harsh treatment of Ross Barkley by manager Ronald Koeman is for the England midfielder's own good.

Barkley has lost his place in the England squad and has been warned repeatedly that he will be dropped if he fails to perform for Everton.

"Sometimes I watch Premier League games here and when people make mistakes they say nothing to each other – they just let it go and it is like happy families," Gullit said on BBC Sport after Barkley had scored in Sunday's 2-0 win over West Ham at Goodison Park.

"I don't understand it. If you want to win, you have to wake people up and I have seen Koeman do it already at Everton. 

"With his treatment of Ross Barkley in the past few weeks, he has been trying to sting him a little.

"That is also our way – the Dutch way – a little bit. He has high standards and he has been saying to Barkley that if you don't want to listen to me, then you have to learn the hard way.

"By leaving him out, or taking him off, then Koeman is thinking that maybe he will learn.

"He is trying to show Barkley that this is how you will end up if you don't do what is necessary for me, but for sure he will also have told the player that he is only doing it because he wants him to become better.

"Koeman has done it to get a reaction and he got one against West Ham on Sunday, when Barkley scored his first league goal since the opening day of the season."